Every culture has their own way of passing values down from one generation to another, but let’s just say this one seems to get lost in translation.
Some locals have taken to nicknaming the sculpture “hooligan pigs” while others have wondered aloud if such a “vulgar” statue should be placed so prominently on a public square. … [But the] urban management authority, when contacted by journalists, said the sculpture is part of a series of 21 cartoon stone sculptures designed to inculcate values — such as perseverance, diligence and love — in young children. This sculpture, the spokesman reveals, depicts a young pig giving his mother a back massage, and was meant to show the importance of filial piety.
Of course, it’s a backrub!
Somehow we’re thinking there are more than a few sick-minded “children” out there who are not learning the lessons of perseverance, diligence and love so much as not to snicker too loudly at the art (an important lesson in its own right).
Full story at Andrew Sullivan @ The Daily Beast.
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